Brown Butter Walnut Pasta

  • Author: Kate Jackson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Browned butter, walnuts and parmesan cheese team up to make a heavenly pasta sauce in this simple recipe!


  • 8 ounces linguine or spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook pasta in heavily salted water according to package directions. Scoop out 1/2 cup pasta water before you drain it and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a deep skillet over medium heat. Stir it until it turns brown. As soon as that happens, take it off the heat.
  3. Add the drained pasta, the cheese and the walnuts to the skillet with the butter. Toss everything with tongs until well combined, drizzling in just enough pasta water to make a light sauce.
  4. Serve on warmed plates with a generous grinding of black pepper.